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Torridon Lassies

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TORRIDON LASSIES (J8x40) 3C (4C set) John Brenchley Kangaroo Paw

1- 8 1s Cross&Cast 1 place, 1s dance LH across (1L with 2s, 1M with 3s) and end facing 4th corner
9-16 1s set to corners then to partner up/down the dance and end facing 1st corners, turn corners RH and pass partner LSh to face 2nd corners
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners and pass LSh to face 3rd corners, 1s set to corners then set to partner across the dance and end facing 4th corners
25-32 1s turn 4th corner (pstn) RH and pass partner LSh to face 1st corners, 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners and pass RSh to BtoB (1M facing up)
33-40 1s dance RSh round 2nd corners and ½ Fig of 8 (1L up, 1M down) while 2s+3s set and cross RH, set (facing up/down) and change place RH on sides. 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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The deviser of this dance, John Brenchley, named this dance, Torridon Lassies, after Torridon Street, Perth, Western Australia, in an area where names of Scottish origin abound (Applecross, Ardross, Attadale...).

Torridon Street is believed to be the name of the street in Ardross (a Perth suburb dating back to 1896), that the deviser and his family lived in, and that the dance was written for his wife and daughters.

Torridon is more famously known as a small village in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The name is also applied to the area surrounding the village, particularly the Torridon Hills, mountains to the north of Glen Torridon. It lies on the shore of Loch Torridon.

Lassie in an informal name for a little lass, girl, young lady or young woman.

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Torridon Lassies Village
Torridon Village, Northwest Highlands Of Scotland

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